Parolee Shot To Death In Confrontation With Law Enforcement Officers In Santa Barbara County
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 3:10pm
A parolee who was in a vehicle being follow by law enforcement officers in Santa Barbara County was shot to death when the vehicle suddenly stopped, and the man ran out of the car with a gun.
It happened at around 8:15 this morning, near Bunny Avenue, and Lincoln Street in Santa Maria. The parolee, and two other people were in a car which was being followed by Santa Maria Police, and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives in three vehicles.
The suspect’s vehicle then suddenly stopped near North Broadway, and the man jumped out of it with the weapon. A barrage of shots was fired, and the man was struck by at least one bullet.
It’s still unclear as to whether he fired his weapon before he was shot, and killed.
The name of than man hasn’t been released. Authorities do say he was a known gang member, who was in his mid-20′s.
Ventura County’s McGrath State Beach Set To Reopen This Weekend, After Surviving Permanent Closure Threat
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 2:46pm
It’s one of the South Coast’s most popular state parks, with hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. But last year, McGrath State Beach, in Oxnard, was facing the possibility of permanent closure.
An aging sewer line serving the park was no longer usable, because of the threat of leakage. The state didn’t have the money to replace it.
What started as a grass roots community campaign saved the day, raising the money need to replace the sewer line. Now, with the system rebuilt. the park is set to reopen this weekend.
KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story.
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Ventura County Based Commuter Bus Service Saved from Shutdown for At Least A Month
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 2:35pm
A commuter bus line which providers intercity service in Ventura County, and connects riders with the San Fernando Valley, and Santa Barbara has received a reprieve from shutdown this week.
The VISTA bus service has been in jeopardy because the company which has the contract to provide it has declared bankruptcy.
Coach America notified the Ventura County Transportation Commission earlier this month that because of its financial problems, it would end service as of June 30th.
Now, Transportation Commission officials say they’ve worked out a deal to keep the Coach America buses rolling until at least July 31st, giving them time to find a permanent replacement. VISTA buses will continue to operate their existing schedule, on the same routes at least through July.
Some 1500 people a day rely on the VISTA commuter bus service.
Victim Of Fatal Shooting In Ventura County Park Identified As Ventura Teenager
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 2:07pm
A 14 year old boy has been identified as the victim of a fatal shooting in a Ventura County park.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s department received reports of shots fired in the area of Saticoy Park, in Saticoy just after 11 last night.
They arrived to find Joshura Burciaga on the ground, with multiple gunshot wounds. The Ventura teen died at the scene.
There’s no word on a motive for the shooting, and no arrests have been made at this time.
Ventura County Woman Accused Of Embezzling From Youth Football League
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:37am
A Ventura County woman is facing embezzlement charges, after County Sheriff’s detectives say she took, and used for personal purposes more than $35,000 from a youth football league over a two year period.
Investigators say that in 2010, the Ojai Eagles Youth Football organization was notified by the State of California that its non-profit status was suspended, for failure to file tax returns from 2007, to 2009.
Organization officials started investigating, and called authorities when they found major problems. Detectives say they discovered that the group’s treasurer, Amber Workman, obtained a debit card, and withdrew money from the account for personal use over a two year period.
The investigators say the 42 year old Ojai woman embezzled between $35,000 and $49,000 between 2007, and 2009. She was arrested, and booked at the Ventura County Jail for embezzlement.
Santa Barbara County Supervisors Call Special Meeting To Consider Plan To Raise Hotel Bed Tax
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:34am
Santa Barbara County supervisors are going to have a special meeting next week to consider putting a proposal on the November ballot to raise the transient occupancy tax in the unincorporated areas of the county.
The board is looking at raising the tax from ten, to twelve percent. The change wouldn’t affect local residents, but people who stay in hotel, and motel rooms in unincorporated parts of the county. It would mean additional revenue for the cash strapped county.
Goleta, Carpinteria, and Solvang are pursuing the same idea, while Santa Barbara already has a twelve percent bed tax.
The special meeting is set for 3 p.m. next Tuesday, July 3rd.
Demonstrators Call For Transportation Officials To Find Way To Keep Threatened Commuter Bus Service Rolling
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:28am
Dozens of people took to the streets of Ventura last night, calling for officials to keep a intercity commuter bus service serving the county from shutting down this weekend.
The contractor providing VISTA bus service between some Ventura County communities, as well as between the county and the San Fernando Valley, and Santa Barbara is in bankruptcy.
Coach America notified the Ventura County Transportation Commission because of the bankruptcy, it would discontinue service at the end of the month.
The commission wants Coach America to temporarily continue service, while it finds a replacement.
The demonstrators near the Ventura County Government Center last night said the service is critical for some carless commuters, and without it, they will be stranded. They called on the Transportation Commission to step up, and find a way to keep the busses rolling while a long term solution is reached.
South Coast Congressman Lashes Out At Forest Service Over Grounded Air Tankers
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:01am
A South Coast congressman is lashing out at the U.S. Forest Service, accusing the agency of delaying action to put military air tankers into service fighting some of the massive brushfires burning in the Western U.S.
Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly of Simi Valley issued a toughly worded statement saying that the enemy is not the fire, but that it’s the Forest Service.
The Forest Service is required by law to use all available commercial air tankers before it can use the mobilized converted military planes, equipped with Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems.
The congressman says while four of the craft are now in action, another dozen were idle as of yesterday. Gallegly says the legal requirements were met days ago, and he introduced legislation to activate the craft, because he says the Forest Service is dragging its feet.
The Forest Service said earlier this week that it had enough aircraft to deal with the fires underway.
Former Pro Baseball Star From Ventura County Enters Plea Deal On Latest Criminal Charges
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 3:49pm
Former pro baseball star, and longtime Ventura County resident Lenny Dykstra has reached a plea deal in federal court over bankruptcy fraud, and embezzlement charges.
Prosecutors say that after filing for bankruptcy, Dykstra had sold, hidden, or otherwise disposed of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of items without the permission of a bankruptcy trustee. The terms of the plea deal haven’t been released.
The former New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies player is already serving a three year prison term after pleading no contest to charges of filing a false financial statement, and for grand theft auto.
Before filing for bankruptcy in 2009, he once lived on a multi-million dollar estate in the Lake Sherwood area which he bought from hockey legend Wayne Gretsky.
Santa Barbara County Pushes Ahead With Controversial Hotel Incentives Plans
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 10:52am
Santa Barbara County is hoping that providing a financial incentive for developers to build new hotels, and improve existing ones will also help fill the county’s seriously depleted coffers.
In what’s being called a nationally unique program, developers will temporarily get to keep some of the new hotel bed tax revenue from these projects, while the county will end up with increased property, and sales taxes.
Santa Barbara County supervisors narrowly approved the plan yesterday, but there was controversy because some feel there are major gaps in the proposal.
KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story.
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